Karnataka news live updates: State reports 330 new Covid-19 cases, 4 deaths – Times of India

Karnataka detected its third case of Omicron variant of Covid-19 on Sunday. State health minister K Sudhakar confirmed the information. “Third case of Omicron has been detected in Karnataka. A 34-year-old returnee from South Africa has tested positive. He is isolated and being treated in a government hospital. Five primary and 15 secondary contacts have been traced and their samples have been sent for testing,” said Karnataka health minister today. Stay with TOI for all the live updates:Read Less
Karnataka reports 330 new Covid-19 cases, 4 deaths taking tally to 3,00,0435

Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra on Sunday assured all support and help from the state government to Group Captain Varun Singh, who was injured in the helicopter crash which resulted in the death of Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat and others in Tamil Nadu. The minister on Sunday visited the Command Hospital in the city where Varun Singh is undergoing treatment. (PTI)

Karnataka CM hints at bringing anti-conversion bill in Belagavi assembly session
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Sunday hinted that the draft of the anti-conversion bill would be approved by the state cabinet and it may be introduced in the winter session of the assembly in Belagavi.
Karnataka detects its third Omicron case
Karnataka detected its third case of Omicron variant of Covid-19 on Sunday. State health minister K Sudhakar confirmed the information. “Third case of Omicron has been detected in Karnataka. A 34-year-old returnee from South Africa has tested positive. He is isolated and being treated in a government hospital. Five primary and 15 secondary contacts have been traced and their samples have been sent for testing,” said Karnataka health minister today.
Demand for dedicated K-Rera secretary grows as compensation cases pile up
Thousands of homebuyers have been left in the lurch as they wait for compensation from defaulting builders for several months and revenue officials dither on recovery. Karnataka Real Estate Regulatory Authority (K-Rera) listed 120 apartment projects whose promoters have failed to deliver flats within the agreed date. It asked deputy commissioners of respective districts to recover a cumulative amount of Rs 238 crore from builders and pay consumers. However, only around Rs 6.8 crore has been recovered since April and only 14 out of 5,800 consumers were fortunate enough to receive compensation.
BMTC may slash Vajra AC bus fares up to 50%
In what could bring relief to commuters who are tired of surge pricing and arbitrary cancellations by app-based taxis and autorickshaws, Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) is likely to slash Vajra AC bus fares by 20-50%. BMTC sources said regular fares and daily/ monthly pass rates of Vajra Volvo buses are set to go down. However, there will be no change in fares of ordinary buses and Vayu Vajra airport services.
Districts adjoining Kerala on high alert over bird flu scare
Karnataka districts bordering Kerala have started screening poultry for bird flu after an alert in the neighbouring state. Officials have started preparing for screening poultry and other products arriving from Kerala after the government there declared an avian flu (H5N8) outbreak in Alappuzha and Kottayam. Chamarajnagar, Mysuru, Kodagu and Dakshina Kannada have been put on high alert by the state animal husbandry and veterinary sciences department.
30% kids attended online classes during lockdowns
A statewide study has revealed that during the pandemic-induced lockdowns, only 30 per cent of children attended online classes, while 70 per cent were engaged in agriculture, related works, helping parents at work or spending time watching TV and playing games on mobile phones. The study was conducted by Karnataka Child Rights Observatory (KCRO) — a consortium of NGOs and individuals working for children and child rights — to understand the situation of children (health, immunisation, education, nutrition, protection, etc,.) and their families during the lockdown period and submit recommendations to the government and other stakeholders.
Despite growth of electric vehicles, Karnataka lags in subsidising consumers
While an increasing number of electric vehicle (EV) firms have launched battery-run two-wheelers, consumers in Karnataka are not getting any government subsidy, unlike their counterparts in other states. In Karnataka, only road tax exemption with no registration fee is given to EV customers. Many other states/union territories offer financial subsidies for electric two-wheelers to go with road tax exemption. Delhi offers a maximum subsidy of Rs 30,000, while Maharashtra provides up to Rs 25,000. The limit is Rs 20,000 in Meghalaya, Bihar, Assam, West Bengal, and Gujarat
Traders to BBMP: Don’t place strong curbs during Xmas, NY
Business establishments are upbeat this Christmas-New Year holiday season with crowds once again turning up at shopping and partying hubs across the city. Riding high on optimism, retail trade bodies, including pubs and bars, have now appealed to the state government not to puncture their hopes by imposing severe restrictions citing resurgence of Covid-19 and its new variant, Omicron. Unlike the last two holiday shopping seasons, when traders were badly hit as sales plummeted, the run-up to New Year is seeing more youngsters chilling out on the streets and in-store traffic going up significantly. But talks of imposing night deadlines and other restrictions in the backdrop of the Omicron variant have upped anxiety levels among traders. In fact, trade bodies have given a representation to BBMP to allow them to continue with ‘normal business’, with an assurance that all Covid protocols will be followed.
State’s Covid count crosses 30 lakh mark
With the state reporting 320 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, Karnataka’s cumulative Covid count crossed 30 lakh. Bengaluru accounted for 190 fresh cases, followed by Kodagu (21), Dakshina Kannada (20), and Mysuru (14), among other districts. Currently, there are 7,306 active cases in the state, of which 5,547 are from Bengaluru, officials said. Meanwhile, the daily test positivity rate stood at 0.3 %. On the fatality front, the state reported the deaths of an 85-year-old woman and a 56-year-old man from Bengaluru. As on 8.30pm, Saturday, Karnataka used nearly 3.4 lakh Covid vaccine doses.
Cong, BJP spar over anti-conversion bill
A political discourse in favour and against the proposed anti-conversion bill has kicked off ahead of the winter session of the state legislature in Belagavi, which starts Monday, though the government is still undecided over tabling it. Right-wing organisations on Saturday upped the pressure on the government and demanded that the bill be tabled in this session itself. “If not, we’ll launch a statewide agitation from January 1,” said Sri Ram Sene president Pramod Mutalik.
At a recent meeting, members of the Technical Advisory Committee suggested the government appoint a special officer to coordinate between Omicron suspected patients, genomic sequencing labs, BBMP and hospitals. “…Till Omicron concerns are settled for next two months, one officer must coordinate between labs, hospitals and patients,” said TAC members.

Till Saturday, international passengers turning positive were sent to Bowring hospital and from there referred to the designated private hospital as per request. “This will be streamlined. They can directly go to the designated hospital from the airport,” said health and family welfare department authorities.

In Bengaluru, six private hospitals have been designated to treat Covid positive international passengers from ‘at risk’ countries, apart from Bowring & Lady Curzon Hospital. They are all suspected for Omicron variant.

International passengers coming from ‘at risk’ countries who are on quarantine post arrival are being tracked by the BBMP. “Four passengers have shown symptoms of Covid while in home quarantine. They have also been shifted to designated hospitals,” said Dr Balasundar AS, chief health officer, BBMP.

Of 5,873 int’l travellers in Dec, 5 test positive on arrival at KIA
In December, five of the 5,873 passengers who landed at Bengaluru from ‘at risk’ countries tested positive for Covid on arrival. They are at designated hospitals and their genomic sequencing reports are awaited. The five passengers are: two girls, 17 and 18 years, who travelled from the United Kingdom, a middle-aged man from the UAE who tested positive on arrival late Friday night, and two men, one each from Germany and Sweden who had tested positive on December 8.
320 Covid-19 cases, two deaths in Karnataka
Karnataka’s Covid tally crossed the 30 lakh mark with 320 fresh Covid-19 cases whereas two deaths took the cumulative fatalities to 38,257, the health department said on Saturday. The state also achieved another feat of over eight crore vaccinations including first and second dose with 2,80,534 vaccinations today. In its Covid bulletin, the department said the state has reported 30,00,105 infections since the outbreak of Covid last year.


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